Drug Crisis: PCB order may cause to drug crisis in India
In the case of plastic-packaging, the state’s pharma industry has also been threatened with cancellation of NOC by the state’s industrial units. If about 300 units manufacturing medicines operating in Uttarakhand are closed on the orders of the Pollution Control Board, then there can be a crisis of medicines across the country.
In Uttarakhand, more than 300 pharma units manufacture medicines in areas like Selaqui Pharma City, Roorkee, Haridwar, Udham Singh Nagar, located in Dehradun. At the time of the Corona epidemic, when small shops to markets and industrial units were closed across the country, even then the drug factories started running at a faster pace.
But, now after the order of the Uttarakhand Pollution Control Board to cancel the NOC of the industries, the crisis of closure has arisen on all the pharmaceutical factories in the state. If this happens, there may be a shortage of medicines across the country. Because, 20 to 25 percent of the medicines made in the country are produced in the pharma industries here. These include everything from life-saving drugs to all kinds of medical equipment, surgical goods, etc.
International trade and revenue will also be affected
In the event of closure of industrial units, there is a possibility of damage to the market from the country to the international level. Because, most of the salt and electronics goods used in medicines are imported from China. Apart from this, the products manufactured in the units are exported to the country and abroad. According to production, industrial units also give revenue to the government on a large scale. In such a situation, due to the closure of industrial units, from the government to the industrialists may have to bear heavy losses.
In the matter of problems related to industries, the government should work proactively. The government should have done strong lobbying in the matter related to the court. If industries suffer, there will be a massive impact on employment, revenue and trade.
Arrangements like issuing show cause notice, giving time to complete formalities should be made before giving effect to any order. But, this is a king’s decree of the Pollution Control Board. In the case of industries, the board should take a decision after thinking.